Poetry 2012 Competition Results

Chief Judges Report – Alison  Chisholm

Opening the file of entries in a poetry competition is like unlocking a treasure chest filled with a variety of gems – each unique, ready to be handled, played with and explored, and longing to yield the essence at its heart.  These poems shone with memories, philosophy, imagination, truth and exuberance.  Although it’s always sad to reject poems which are uninspiring, poorly written or revised, or technically flawed, the compensation for doing so lies in the mass of good writing that remains.

Poems can speak to you, make you laugh or cry, slide under your skin and change the way you see the world.  Every one of the winners and short listed pieces asserted its presence and left a message zinging in the air.

FIRST:

UNDER PRESSURE  by Pat Borthwick. Family dynamics, personality and nostalgia bring this powerful free verse poem to life, and the apparently simple story is full of evocative layers.

SECOND:

BLIND FROM BIRTH by Brian Young.  The reader is taken on a precarious and terrifying route through the unfamiliar, and shown the world from a new angle through a rich network of imagery.

THIRD:

ON THE STEP by Edyth Ward.  A quirky and imaginative poem, this piece starts with a surreal premise and then explores the possibilities in logical and absurd directions, before concluding with a telling punchline.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

GHOSTS by Frank McDonald

HIDDEN LOVE by Tracy Davidson

HOTSPUR   for P by Sheila Wild

 

COMMENDED

CODE OF THE FIREFLY by Mandy Pannet

DEEP CRYSTAL by Charles Evans

FEBRUARY HOARFROST by Dorothy Waite

LOOKING FOR SIBELIUS by Dorothy Waite

THE BALLAD OF DOT AND WILLIE by Alison Ringrose

 

HUMOUR PRIZE:

THE OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE OF A POTATO  by Cath Mason. An original idea with a delightful personification of the potato, culminating in the triumphant shout from a vigorous rap, this poem is feel-good and irresistible.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED – HUMOUR

BULL by Keith Shaw

 

LOCAL PRIZE:  THE FRUIT MACHINE FROM SPACE by Derek Anderton.  A witty and clever narrative poem in rhyming couplets, this combines wickedly humorous content with masterly handling of form.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED – LOCAL

MINUTES: EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF PROSODY TOWN COUNCIL by H Burgoyne.

2 thoughts on “Poetry 2012 Competition Results

  1. How is copyright retained if the author’s name is not on his / her work ?

    • In terms of received entries? Because we still keep a record of who wrote the entry, how else would we know who won? If you mean winning entries posted on the site, they all have the authors names attached.

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